SOUTH Fremantle's colts upset East Fremantle in Round 20 on Saturday to leave Claremont a chance at the minor premiership while the teams below the reserves-leading Bulldogs continue to fight over finals spots with three rounds remaining.
Swan Districts' reserves had a strong 17.6 (108) to 10.8 (68) win against Subiaco at Leederville Oval on Saturday.
Claremont also defeated Perth 14.11 (95) to 9.4 (58) at Lathlain Park while South Fremantle beat East Fremantle 18.17 (125) to 8.4 (52) at Fremantle Community Bank Oval and East Perth defeated West Perth 11.9 (75) to 10.10 (70) at HBF Arena.
South Fremantle (15-3) is guaranteed of finishing in top spot and earning the bye in the first week of the finals.
Claremont (11-6) and Perth (10-8) remain fighting over second position while Subiaco (9-9), Swan Districts (8-9) and East Fremantle (8-9) are locked in a battle for fourth and fifth.
East Perth (6-11), Peel Thunder (6-11) and West Perth (5-12) are all attempting to avoid the wooden spoon.
Saturday's REDiMED Colts results saw Swan Districts defeat Subiaco 10.8 (68) to 7.12 (54), South Fremantle upset East Fremantle 14.8 (92) to 11.8 (74), Claremont claim a thriller 10.7 (67) to 10.6 (66) against Perth and East Perth thrash West Perth 17.12 (114) to 2.8 (20).
East Fremantle (12-5) remains on top despite its surprise derby loss but is now just a game ahead of Claremont (11-6).
Peel Thunder (10-1-6) stays third despite having the Round 20 bye with Swan Districts (10-1-6) fourth and East Perth (9-8) fifth.
Subiaco (8-10) is just outside the top five ahead of South Fremantle (7-11), West Perth (7-10) and Perth (3-15).
STANDOUT RESERVES PERFORMERS
Swan Districts reserves had a good day at Leederville Oval beating Subiaco by 40 points.
Steven Wityk kicked five goals for Swans from 15 possessions and 11 marks with Jake Nuich, Tom Smirk and Ben McGillivray all booting two goals apiece.
Ethan Maguire amassed 31 disposals for the black-and-whites, Chad Daniels 25, Tobe Watson 25, Freddie Clutterbuck 23, Levi Ridley 20, Brandon Erceg 20 and Roderick Manton 17. Ruckman Troy Yukich had 50 hit outs.
Premiership star from 2015 Kyle Halligan showed he's just about ready for his first league appearance since Round 5 last year by kicking four goals from 12 possessions and five marks for Subiaco. Shannon Nelson also kicked two goals.
Daniel Leach gathered 21 disposals for the Lions, Brayden Ainsworth 17, Ryan Wade 17 (10 tackles) and Matt Bogensperger 15.
South Fremantle's ladder-leading reserves also had a strong 73-point win over East Fremantle at Fremantle Community Bank Oval on Saturday.
Jarrod Parry, Daniel Burke, Andre Coutinho, Caleb Datson and Mitch Dzelebdzic all booted two goals apiece for South Fremantle.
Brendan Verrier racked up 41 possessions, Jake Florenca 33, Parry 29, Josh Collard 26, Kyle Russell 20, Datson 19, Brandon Donaldson 18 and Zac Strom 18.
Josh Branchi was impressive in his first full game back from a knee reconstruction with 21 disposals, 10 marks and 33 hit outs.
Tom Omodei collected 22 possessions for East Fremantle, Jesse Mirco 20, Leon Pearton 19, Peter Delaney 19, Sean Henson 18 and defender Jordan Dorotich 16 on the same weekend his dad was celebrating the 20-year anniversary of South Fremantle's 1997 premiership.
Claremont's reserves came away with a 37-point victory against Perth at Lathlain Park.
Eddie Simpson put his hand up for a recall to the league team with an impressive performance in the ruck for Claremont with 22 possessions, eight marks, eight tackles, 38 hit outs and a goal.
Jack Richardson kicked five goals for the Tigers, Matthew Palfrey two and Corey Mitchell two.
Morgan Davies also gathered 27 possessions for Claremont, Lachlan Martinis 27, Nick Winmar 25, Tom Shanahan 22, Ryan Murphy 21 and Josh Bennett 21.
Lennon Marlin kicked three goals from seven kicks for Perth.
Jake Schleicher compiled 22 disposals for the Demons, Callum Marshall 19, Joseph Ugle 19, Brad McPhail 17, Kasey Nicholas 15 and Zachary Hill 15.
West Perth was significantly more competitive in the reserves but East Perth still managed to prevail, winning by five points on Saturday at HBF Arena.
Willie Rioli and Nathan Eaton kicked three goals each for East Perth with Campbell Abbott also booting two.
Eaton also finished with 22 possessions for the Royals, Abbott 19, Rioli 16, Nathan Arbon 16, Ciaran Allsop 15, Tarir Bayok 15 and Jake Balestra 15. Ajang Ajang had 42 hit outs in the ruck.
Matt Guadagnin put his hand up for a league recall with the 191-game veteran looking good with 25 possessions, nine tackles and two goals in his third game back in 2017, and second full match.
Sam Rotham and Connor West also kicked two goals each for the Falcons.
Mitch Antonio picked up 23 possessions for West Perth, Conal Lynch 20, Thomas O'Brien 17, Baylee James 17 and Michael Ashfield eight to go with 32 hit outs in the ruck.
REDiMED COLTS SHINING LIGHTS
Swan Districts colts began the day at Leederville Oval with a 14-point victory against Subiaco.
Patrick Farrant kicked three goals for Swans, Darryl Dawson two and Stephen Hay two.
Lochie Huntley racked up 31 possessions, Greg Humphries 21, Callum Garcia 20, William Reidy 19 and Jack O'Sullivan 18.
Nathan French and Christian Martin kicked two goals each for Subiaco.
Tristan Hobley gathered 23 disposals for the Lions, Liam Hickmott 22, Tom Edwards-Baldwin 22, Luke Foley 21, Kyron Hayden 21, Max Dennis 16, Nicholas Baroni 15 and Wil Hickmott 15.
South Fremantle's colts began the day impressively at Fremantle Community Bank Oval upsetting the ladder-leading East Fremantle with the 18-point victory.
Lachlan Feeney, Jonathon Frampton and Kyle Hamersley all kicked three goals each or South Fremantle with Ryan Burrows booting two.
Feeney also gathered 21 disposals for the Bulldogs, Matthew Ward 19, Jarren Colpitts 18, Zane Sumich 18, Burrows 16 and Hamersley 16.
Dillon O'Reilly booted five goals for East Fremantle with Josh Ritchie, Tim Bockman and Brandon Collard all kicking two apiece.
Jayden Quill amassed 24 touches for the Sharks, Nicholas Watson 18 (29 hit outs), Kennedy Sorrell 16 and Liam Rajanayagam 15.
It was a thrilling colts contest at Lathlain Park with Claremont holding off Perth for the one-point victory.
Corey Hitchcock kicked four goals for Claremont from five kicks with Damon Enosa also booting two majors.
Jack Lewsey amassed 28 possessions for the Tigers, Declan McNamara 24, Edward Aitken 23, Rhett Lloyd 16 and Shaquille Morton 15.
Jack Bird, Elijah Taylor and Jarrod Schofield booted two goals each for Perth.
Luke English finished with 27 possessions for the Demons, Ian Hill 23, Caelen Bennell 22, Lachlan Fraser 20, Nyika John 19 and Sydney Stack 18.
The day didn’t start well for West Perth either in the colts with East Perth beating the Falcons by 94 points at HBF Arena.
Aaron Redhead kicked six goals for East Perth, Brennan Phillips two, Christopher White two and Austin Watson two.
Matthew Young picked up 24 disposals for the Royals, Thomas Vellios 23, Damon Greaves 23, Mitchell Tenardi 22, Christian Ameduri 21, Jake Dugan 19, Mitchell Gupanis 18 and Kane La Fontaine-Roberts 18.
Slade Hawkins and Lachlan Sherriffs were West Perth's goal scorers.
Thomas Medhat gathered 26 possessions for the Falcons, Daniel Rowe 23, Nathan Murray 21, Bailey Chalmers 21, Sherriffs 17 and Dylan Yem 16.